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I'm planning for a Coast to Coast Ride next summer and have been planning out mods and parts to make the ride as comfortable as possible. Here's my list. Please let me know what I might consider adding? I have asked specific questions in the focused forums for handlebars and such. I'll ask further questions after I purchase, install and accustom myself to the changes as I go.

Seat with detachable backrest (considering heated)
Handlebars (leaning on 10")
Extended Windshield
Suspension
Highway Pegs
Engine Guard Covers for those cool/rainy rides.
Saddlebag guards.
Heated Grips
Hard Chopped Trail Pack
Luggage to strap to Backseat/Backrest
Whim and HD stamped headset (Curse you HD and your terrible Boom audio setup)
Led Lighting

I'm not planning on any cosmetic or engine/exhaust mods. Those will be done after the big tour as I don't want to meddle with the factory assembled engine until my dream ride is done.
 

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Depending on your route and when you go, I'm not sure heated gear is necessary. I went out 40 to CA last year and it was plenty hot. I'd consider taking a cooling towel. I used it a lot. I just got back from Montana and wasn't cold. Took 70 out and 90 to 74 to 70 back. Again, cold was not an issue. For tunes, I use XM and Apple Music. My bike is mostly stock. Stock bars. I have a mustang seat and air pad from cycle gear.
 

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Depending on your route and when you go, I'm not sure heated gear is necessary. I went out 40 to CA last year and it was plenty hot. I'd consider taking a cooling towel. I used it a lot. I just got back from Montana and wasn't cold. Took 70 out and 90 to 74 to 70 back. Again, cold was not an issue. For tunes, I use XM and Apple Music. My bike is mostly stock. Stock bars. I have a mustang seat and air pad from cycle gear.
There are passes I have gone over that I was glad to have had heated grips. I also carry a heated vest just in case. There was 6 feet of snow on both sides of the road going over Beartooth Pass. Early morning heated grips were nice because I didn't have to start out with thicker gloves and then change them out once the sun heated things up. Better to have it and not need it.

Cooling towel or vest is definitely needed in parts of the country in the summer.
 

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Grutch, unless you need the rider backrest for everyday riding, the soft luggage you strap on the passenger seat will serve as a more comfortable back rest if packed correctly.
Yep. Never needed a backrest when doing the touring. The luggage was just right.



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There are passes I have gone over that I was glad to have had heated grips. I also carry a heated vest just in case. There was 6 feet of snow on both sides of the road going over Beartooth Pass. Early morning heated grips were nice because I didn't have to start out with thicker gloves and then change them out once the sun heated things up. Better to have it and not need it.

Cooling towel or vest is definitely needed in parts of the country in the summer.
No doubt. I pack for all conditions. I'm always camping when I'm doing a trip. I rode bear tooth pass less than two weeks ago, no snow and didn't even need gloves but there's no guarantee on that. On this last trip, warm riding clothes were not needed but I did wish I had packed my heavier sleeping bag. I always pack a fleece hat regardless of what time of the year.
 

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I did 4500 miles round trip last summer to Yellowstone & Beartooth Pass. Rigged up my backseat passenger T-Bag with a super, duper fancy schmancy “Kiss My Back! Ergonomic Mesh Back Support.” Seriously that’s what it’s called

Best $10 I’ve ever spent...
especially through Kansas.



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There are passes I have gone over that I was glad to have had heated grips. I also carry a heated vest just in case. There was 6 feet of snow on both sides of the road going over Beartooth Pass. Early morning heated grips were nice because I didn't have to start out with thicker gloves and then change them out once the sun heated things up. Better to have it and not need it.

Cooling towel or vest is definitely needed in parts of the country in the summer.
Take this sound advice. “Better to have it and not need it”. Years ago ended up in some damn cold and wet situations in the middle of summer that weren’t expected because it was hot and I wished I had been better prepared for cold. Mr ‘addict’s post about the backrest is spot on also. I put my sleeping bag and extra gear between me and the tour pak and it makes a much better rest than any little backrest pad. Good luck with your trip.
 

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I did 4500 miles round trip last summer to Yellowstone & Beartooth Pass. Rigged up my backseat passenger T-Bag with a super, duper fancy schmancy “Kiss My Back! Ergonomic Mesh Back Support.” Seriously that’s what it’s called

Best $10 I’ve ever spent...
especially through Kansas.



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Huh.... I strap one of those to a tree in one my of old deer stands.... cool.
 

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Good call on heated grips. Used them year round.

Other gear on a quick note. baby wipes, hand sanitizer, printed list of HD DTC's, head lamp, flask, undated AAA.

And after watching the news this morning and the Bison... If you're going through Yellow stone, patience.
Last time I went through there, we had to jump over a guard rail and leave the bikes on the road.. took us 4 hour to get through.

Enjoy the ride.
 
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